• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Potch See Poach, to cook.
    • v. i Potch To thrust; to push. "I 'll potch at him some way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • potch A variant of poach.
    • potch An obsolete form of poach.
    • potch In paper manufacturing, to perform gas-bleaching upon (paper-stock) in a potching-engine. The bleaching reagent is chlorin dissolved in water, or chlorin generated in the mass by the action of dilute sulphuric acid upon a solution of common salt, or a solution of salt and chlorid of manganese, called bleaching-liquid. The stock is placed in a machine constructed much like a breaking- or washing-engine, and called a potching-engine. The acid is very slowly dropped into the bleaching-liquid when the chlorin is to be generated in the mass, and, after the liberated chlorin has performed its work, the stuff is discharged into stone or earthenware chests having zinc strainers at the bottom, where the bleaching-liquid is drained off. When a solution of chlorin in water is used, it is added in proper quantity to the stock after washing, and the latter, after sufficient treatment, is drained as above described. See bleaching and gas-bleaching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Potch poch (Shak.) to thrust, to push.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Poach to stab
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. pocher; from root of poke.


In literature:

Minestra is a thick broth, very much like hotch-potch, only thicker.
"The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:" by Mrs. W. G. Waters
The whole thing now is only a vague hotch-potch of nice and nasty gentlemen.
"What's Wrong With The World" by G.K. Chesterton
Except to lunch now and then at the Hotch-Potch with his father, he had never been in a London Club.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume III." by John Galsworthy
I just enshrine them in this old hotch-potch of a journal!
"Rilla of Ingleside" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Except to lunch now and then at the Hotch-potch with his father, he had never been in a London Club.
"To Let" by John Galsworthy
In many matters of business, perhaps in most, a continuity of mediocrity is better than a hotch-potch of excellences.
"The English Constitution" by Walter Bagehot
John Bull has made this hereditary hotch-potch, and he must swallow it.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
It is always thus in any mere "cosmopolitan mess," any "hotch-potch of nationalities.
"Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885" by Various
I find a note which I introduce here, as I hardly know where to place it in this hotch-potch of confessions.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
That no doubt were tedious; But this hotch-potch?
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, March 15, 1890" by Various